The United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization, founded in 2004 by military veterans and artists. USVAA provides opportunities for veterans in the arts by highlighting the work of veterans in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry along with the contributions veterans have made to the rich cultural history of our nation since the Revolutionary War.

Additionally, USVAA networks with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual artistic projects in theater, film, television, the visual/fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.

Where possible, USVAA strives – as spokespersons in the veteran’s community and in our endeavors as artists – to address issues of concern to veterans and their families via artistic endeavors and platforms. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.

For more information about our work please visit our ABOUT PAGE.



The USVAA Veterans Writing Program New Works Presentation 2018 at The Actors’ Gang in Culver City — held this year in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day and Armistice Day.

This year’s exciting New Works Presentation 2018 line-up includes seven extraordinary scenes selected by our Writers Guild mentors from novels, screenplays, pilots and plays written by our workshop participants.

The presentation features scenes from new works by the following military veterans:

Katie Robinson
Sati Kaur
Cynthia Hines
Rick McGovern
Kadyn Michaels
Izzy Ezagui
Steve Miska

Individual scenes will be directed by the writers and mentors including Sati Kaur, Kadyn Michaels, Sam Wolfson and David Fofi with Melissa Ritz directing the show.

The presentation will be followed by a talkback led by Melissa Ritz with the writers and mentors Writers Guild mentors Timothy Wurtz and Sam Wolfson.

A reception for all participants and guests begins at 8:45 pm.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Ticket prices:
$20.00 General Admission
$14.00 Students and Seniors
Veterans free of charge.

To obtain tickets please visit this EVENTBRITE PAGE.

Special Thanks to The Writers Guild of America, The Culver Studios and New Filmmakers LA for their ongoing support.

Last year’s program was featured in this excellent KPCC Southern California Public Radio ARTICLE.

 




Billboard Magazine featured Outlaw Country Music star and USVAA Colleague Gethen Jenkins in an article last week about his career and his latest single as he continues to move forward with his amazing career. The single, “Bottle In My Hand” is signature Gethen Jenkins — a masterful combination of adroitly humorous lyrics, his amazing voice, perfectly honed guitar riffs and expert musicianship from each member of his band.

“Gethen Jenkins began writing songs as a teenager but put his passion for music aside when he joined the Marine Corps at 18. After serving eight years in Iraq and Afghanistan, he returned to the States and decided to pursue music full-time,” writes Billboard’s Annie Reuter.”

I made a promise to myself when I went overseas with a bunch of people from my platoon,” the 6’5″ singer tells Billboard, settling into a leather couch at Sputnik Studios in Nashville where he’s putting the finishing touches on his debut album. “We were over there, and we promised that we were gonna give music a shot when we got back, me and my buddy Jesse. So we did. We came back, and we started the band.”

You can watch the video and download and stream the music here: https://red.lnk.to/BIMH

For more information, read the BILLBOARD ARTICLE.



Department of Defense FUTURES annual magazine 2017 cover.

Department of Defense FUTURES annual magazine 2017 cover.

A 60’s Trilogy by Tommy Carter

Directed by David Fofi

Opens, Friday, August 31st at The New American Theatre, 1312 N. Wilton Place, Los Angeles, 90028

Tickets available at plays411.com/trilogy



Department of Defense FUTURES annual magazine 2017 cover.
It would be great to see you at this event along with your friends and family members. Please register at EVENTBRITE and feel free to distribute fliers (we would be happy to email you a printing file upon request) to help get the word out about this important recognition of Hispanic Veterans and the critical role they’ve played in our nation’s history. We look forward to seeing you Sept. 14th.